The business of food…and cocktails in Austin has become just as serious as the music scene we have long been known for. The city has much more to offer than tasty tacos and a couple of Lonestars (although those will always have a reverent place in the Live Music Capital). We have assembled a guide to the most delicious and refreshing cocktails in the city. Look for our Austin Restaurant Guide of our team’s favorite picks on Monday. Cheers!

Scarlet Lantern (El Tesoro Anejo Tequila + Bitter Braulio Alpine Amaro + Strawberry + Black Fig Shrub + Malic Acid), Bar Congress

photo by jody horton

White Sangria, Nova

photo by kate lesueur

The Martini, Garage

photo by kate lesueur

The Tepache (Aged Pineapple + Spice + Lone Star), Qui
*recently named the official drink of austin. look for a how-to series on making the tasty concoction at home in bottoms up on wednesday.

photo by buff strickland


Herradura Double Barrel Reposado, La Condesa

photo by jody horton

Tarragon Lemonade, Lucy’s Fried Chicken

photo by john davidson

Socks + Sandals (House-blend Jamaican Rum mixed with Kronan Swedish Punsch + Ginger/Hibiscus Liqueur + Honey + Juices of a Grapefruit and a Lime), Bar Congress

photo by jody horton

Alma Blanca, Passionfruit + Mango Spiced Margarita, the El Cubico (pictured left to right), La Condesa

photo by jody horton

Autumn of ’75 (Gin + Cranberry-Pear Shrub + St. Germain Elderflower Liquer + Argus Sparkling Hard Cider), Drink.Well

photo by paige newton

The Monkey Gland (Absinthe + Grenadine + Plymouth Gin + Orange Juice), Bonneville

photo by chris perez

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Comments (8)
  1. 1
    Molly {Dreams in HD} March 7, 2014 at 7:16 am

    so many of these look fantastic, but the Avant-Gardener really caught my eye. anything with thyme in a champagne coupe is ok by me 🙂

  2. 2
    Z March 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Really like this list and the pics, but you repeated bars three times. Some other good ones I think: Midnight Cowboy – The Prizefighter (off-menu right now but can still be ordered); 2nd Bar – Gin + Jam (perfectly simple – Try the pear-cardamom jam right now)

    • Lauren Smith Ford March 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

    • Laura March 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Peche & Whistler are also great choices for original artisan cocktails in town!

  3. 3
    Troy Williams March 9, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I remember trying this cocktail Alma Blanca, Passionfruit + Mango Spiced Margarita, the El Cubico at La Condesa and it was PHENOMENAL!!! Great selection Camille and Happy SXSW!!!!

  4. 4
    Majestical March 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I love a great cocktail, and Austin is such a cool town. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. 5
    London carpet cleaners March 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

    All these cocktails look so tempting! Great collection!